INTERACTIVE: What Toronto residents are complaining about

More than 33,000 investigations have been carried out in the first eight-and-a-half months of 2013 — into issues such as bedbugs, noise, illegal rooming houses, and graffiti — by Toronto’s Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) division. I developed a unique data-scraper program for The Toronto Star that has amassed this investigation data into one easy-to-search interactive visualization for its readers. Find out what’s been investigated in your ward or even on your street.

The interactive dashboard below is made up from two components: a map, and a spreadsheet.

The map shows the location of complaints investigated by ML&S. The legend in the bottom right-hand corner denotes the category of the complaint, noise for example. The size of a marker on the map represents the number of complaints at that location for a specific category. An address with 50 property standards complaints will have a much larger pink dot than a property with only five. Search or sort the data by issue type, ward, address (or street name) and description (bedbugs, for example), using the filter boxes above the map. To zoom in on the map, use the tool in the top left-hand corner. To drag the map, hold down the mouse key for a second until the arrow turns into a hand.

The spreadsheet shows information pertaining to all ML&S investigations from Jan. 1 to Aug. 16, sorted by ward name.

The data used in this interactive dashboard is available to download for your offline analysis.